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The Blue Links: 5/9/14

Sporting KC on top in East, the MLS prepares for the World Cup, and things in England are just insane!

Sporting will lose two key players to World Cup duty next week
Sporting will lose two key players to World Cup duty next week
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Sporting come in at #3. Seattle hold the top spot followed by RSL. Clint Dempsey is in full form and Real Salt Lake haven't even lost a game yet.... both teams are looking very scary. If not for the World Cup claiming key players soon, these top 3 teams would probably start to separate themselves from the field.

Thankfully, SKC stand atop the Eastern Conference Table right now. The National Team camp begins Wednesday, but Besler and Zusi will be arriving late. We get to see them in Sporting Blue one more time against the Union before losing them to international duty.

If by some chance you aren't pumped for the World Cup... Nike will remedy that with their latest commercial "Winner Stays". I'm taking Kun Aguero for sure:

"Write The Future" will give you goosebumps but "Take It to the Next Level" is my favorite and I still forget that I'm not actually the guy in the commercial.

South Stand SC started an ESPN World Cup Bracket Predictor group for Sporting Fans. Brazil is going to be very tough to beat summer.

The Americans dropped to 14th in latest FIFA World Rankings

After bringing us Aron Johannson and Julian Green, Jurgen Klinsmann is getting closer to locking up Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem.

Claudio Bieler is bored on the bench and says, "It's a little bit frustrating for me."

The mid-week MLS games didn't disappoint on Wednesday. Houston beat Columbus 1-0 and Seattle got 3 points from Dallas. For the 7TH TIME THIS SEASON... the Sounders scored a goal after the 80'. And yes unfortunately, we were the first victims.

Liverpool were within arms length of the Premier League Title before giving up 3 goals in the final 15 minutes to Crystal Palace, putting Manchester City in the driver seat. Now the Citizens only need to draw at home against West Ham to be crowned Champions. You can see the hilarious fan reaction GIFS right here... and the highlights of Liverpool's epic collapse are below: